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Buffalo in Erie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

An Architectural Treasure

 
 
An Architectural Treasure Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, February 28, 2015
1. An Architectural Treasure Marker
Left panel.
Inscription. Constructed between 1903 and 1905, the Martin House Complex has seen more than a century of life, as well as considerable wear and tear. It is being brought back to its former glory in one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken to restore a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed property.

The Complex is being restored to its condition in 1907, its designated "year of significance," when Frank Lloyd Wright had declared it complete, the Martin family was in residence, and no major alterations had yet been made.

Dining Room of the Martin House (circa 1907). Photo by Henry Fuermann and Sons, courtesy of the Archives of the University at Buffalo.

Major Support Provided By
•New York State
•County of Erie
•U.S. Government
•The East Hill Foundation
•The John R. Oishei Foundation
•The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation
Strategic Partners
•New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
•University at Buffalo, State University of New York
•Neighbors Living in the Parkside Historic District
Contributions Can Be Directed To:
Martin House Restoration Corporation • 143 Jewett Parkway • Buffalo, NY 14214. Tel: 716.856.3858 • Fax: 716-856-4009 • www.darwinmartinhouse.org

Restoration Architects: HHL Architects, LLC; Theodore L. Lownie, Lead Architect
Tour the Martin House Complex image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, February 28, 2015
2. Tour the Martin House Complex
Center of the three panels.

Eleanor and Wilson Greatbatch Pavilion Architect: Toshiko Mori Architect
Construction Manager: LPCiminelli

Original construction team at the Martin House (circa 1904). University Archives, University at Buffalo, SUNY

View looking north through the 100-foot pergola into the conservatory toward the Nike of Samothrace Cast (circa 1907). Photo by Henry Fuermann and Sons, courtesy of the Archives of the University at Buffalo.

"The telescopic view of the Nike of Samothrace that was visible from the main entrance of the Martin House was the most powerful and compelling synthesis of architecture and narrative, anywhere in Wright's work."
-Jack Quinan, Martin House senior curator, noted Wright scholar and professor of art history.

[center panel]:
Tour the Martin House Complex

Tours: A variety of docent-led tours are offered on a daily basis, except Tuesdays. Reservations are strongly recommended. Tours begin in the Eleanor and Wilson Greatbach Pavilion.

Reservations Strongly Recommended: Make your reservation by calling the Martin House Offices at 716.856.3858 or 877.377.3858 or visit www.darwinmartinhouse.org

Parking: Visitors are requested to park in the Buffalo Zoo parking lot at the corner of Jewett Parkway and Parkside Avenue (two blocks west).
For more information visit: www.darwinmartinhouse.org
The Three Panels image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, February 28, 2015
3. The Three Panels
At the western edge of the historical complex.


Darwin D. Martin House Complex

Reception Room of the Darwin Martin House. Photo by kc kratt photography.
A replica of the classical sculpture Nike, also known as the Winged Victory, graces the Martin House Conservatory. Photo by Biff Heinrich/IMG_INK .
This view photographed from Summit Avenue shows the Martin House Complex (circa 1910). The Martin House (far left), the Pergola connecting the Conservatory (center), and the Barton House (far right). Photo by Henry Fuermann and Sons, 1907. University Archives, University at Buffalo, SUNY.
Wright first designed his famous barrel chair for the Martin House. Photo by Biff Henrich, courtesy of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
 
Location. 42° 56.152′ N, 78° 50.914′ W. Marker is in Buffalo, New York, in Erie County. Marker is at the intersection of Jewett Parkway and Summit Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Jewett Parkway. Click for map. Marker is the left in a close row of three that are about 200 feet west of the intersection at the edge of the Martin House property where the visitor center is set back from the street. The center marker is tour information. Marker is at or near this postal address: 143 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo NY 14214, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking
Westward image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, February 28, 2015
4. Westward
Backs of the three panels.
distance of this marker. Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House Complex (here, next to this marker); Buffalo Zoo (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Central Presbyterian Church (approx. ¼ mile away); The Flint Hill Encampment (approx. 0.3 miles away); Unnamed Soldiers of the War of 1812 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Flint Hill Encampment 1812 (approx. half a mile away); The Sample Shop (approx. 0.8 miles away); Mary Morris Burnett Talbert (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Buffalo.
 
Also see . . .  Darwin Martin House Complex. (Submitted on March 1, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Walkway to Pavilion (Visitors Center) image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, February 28, 2015
5. Walkway to Pavilion (Visitors Center)
Tours begin at the glass visitor center at the end and left of this walkway; the Eleanor and Wilson Greatbach Pavilion. The three panels are at the right of the walkway. The Martin House Complex is to the right.
West Side of Darwin Martin House Complex image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, February 28, 2015
6. West Side of Darwin Martin House Complex
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 226 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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